There are over 6 million auto accidents every year in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that close to 140,000 of these accidents involved large trucks or buses.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 90,000 of these involved injuries. The sheer physics of these accidents typically make them significantly more serious than the typical auto accident. Again according to the statistics, more than 80,000 truck and bus related accidents required tow services due to the severity of the collisions.
Consequently, if you have been in a truck or bus related accident, the chances are that you have been injured. Unfortunately, many times these injuries are quite serious. That is the bad news. The good news is that truck and buses are generally well insured. This is in stark contrast to the insurance of private drivers.
Because of the potential severity of truck or bus related accidents, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon after the accident as possible. There are many steps you will need to take to fully protect your rights such as obtaining the accident report, insuring that the report contains all the names, addresses, and phone numbers for each driver, and all witnesses. Most importantly, you will want to make sure you get the insurance carrier and insurance policy number from every driver involved in the accident.
Unfortunately, if you or a loved one are seriously injured, much of this information may be need to be collected after the fact. This will often require the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney. To insure that this information is collected and the appropriate insurance companies are contacted, you should contact an experienced attorney immediately.
Trucking accidents can be complex and challenging. Delay is rarely a good idea.
- Trucking Accidents and Meth Usage: Respondeat Superior Still Applies in New Mexico The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the scope of agency and respondeat superior under New Mexico law in Frederick v. Swift Transportation. The ....
- Trucking Accident Investigations Should Begin Immediately Corporate defendants in personal injury lawsuits can be extremely uncooperative and evasive. After all, payment of claims does not fit within their ....
- Employer Liability for Texting Employees Mobile phones clearly present a danger to the driving public. Mobile phone use causes over 500,000 auto accident related injuries each year. Texting ....